Protective order sought against Christopher Owens

Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens at a recent players-only practice in Buford.

Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens runs back an interception during the Atlanta Falcons player workout at Buford Park on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. A core of Falcons players are carrying on with off-season practices at the park, despite the NFL lockout. Johnny Crawford jcrawford@ajc.com

Falcons defensive back Christopher Owens may have to chat with the Gwinnett Police Department soon.

Here’s the news report.

Owens allegedly placed some of his ex-girl friend’s  personal property into a pile and poured bleach on the pile. He also allegedly knocked holes in the walls, destroyed electronics equipment and shattered their baby’s crib.

She has sought a restraining order, while the police continue to investigate.

If proven true, this incident will not sit well with the Falcons’  front office. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has gone out of his way to select players with good character in the team’s post-Michael Vick/Bobby Petrino era.

“As much as I think at times that we’d like to open up a little bit  and think that we could add the challenging soul, it’s so nice as it is and it’s so cohesive right now, that you don’t want to let go of how good we have it in the locker room,” Dimitroff said during the NFL scouting combine.

During the NFL lockout, the team is not allowed to have any contact the players.

Owens has been a regular at the team’s twice-a-week seven-on-seven practices, but he was not in attendance on Tuesday nor Wednesday.

Owens was selected in the third round (90th overall) of the 2009 draft out of San Jose State. Owens had a promising rookie season, as he started six games and played in all 16 games. He finished with 21 tackles and two interceptions.

Last season, Owens had an up-and-down campaign. He was the team’s top nickel back before being slowed by a back injury. He returned to the lineup after Brian Williams suffered a knee injury.  He was last seen struggling mightily against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoff game.

Despite his struggles in the playoff loss, Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he expected Owens to shake off the bad game and continue to blossom into a cornerback who can play inside or outside in the team’s 4-3 defense.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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52 comments Add your comment

Perrier Jerry

June 15th, 2011
10:05 am

Grate. Anoter Flacons trubble maker.

Mike Smith

June 15th, 2011
10:09 am

pack your bags Christopher

DrewDawg

June 15th, 2011
10:09 am

First! No worries Chris… Gotta keep that pimp hand strong!

DrewDawg

June 15th, 2011
10:09 am

Second… blah.

Bingo

June 15th, 2011
10:10 am

Way to go Chris. Who’s the baby’s daddy?

JT

June 15th, 2011
10:19 am

I wonder why this story has a blog…hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

RambleOn84

June 15th, 2011
10:20 am

Don’t be so quick to judge, guys…he didn’t hit her and y’all don’t know what she did to him. It does sound pretty scummy though, I must say.

Birdman

June 15th, 2011
10:23 am

Goodbye Chris Owens and probably Brent Grimes. Hello Namdi Ashomouga. SuperBowl or BUST!

Obamasuxs2012

June 15th, 2011
10:25 am

Owens must have watched the Green Bay playoff game where Rodgers and Company abused him!

Runner-

June 15th, 2011
10:25 am

lol funny stuff

The Dogkiller Returns

June 15th, 2011
10:25 am

Blame it on the lockout. He could have taken out his anger on the field, but billionaires and millionaires just can’t get along.

Birdman

June 15th, 2011
10:29 am

Unfortunately for Chris his performance is not on par with Babineaux (who allegedly killed his girls dog) so any hint of unsavory behavior might buy him a ticket to the free agent party.

North FLA Falcon

June 15th, 2011
10:30 am

This guy was in over his head since day 1. He tried real hard but he just wasn’t pro material. Now his thuggish behavior should send him packin. Goodbye Chris, see you in the Arena Football League where you belong.

Sally Sarcasm

June 15th, 2011
10:31 am

ANOTHER player in the NFL being investigated for abusing women?

Well, color me SURPRISED!

PMC

June 15th, 2011
10:41 am

Well, at least no one was hurt. Got to control our emotions. Even when people drive us crazy.

Good luck 21.

Birdman

June 15th, 2011
10:58 am

I dont hate the player I hate the game. Actually hate is too strong really as Chris was not awful, I simply want nothing less than a SB for the Falcons. I can understand how a woman can make a man do something like this, does not make him a thug in the least, hell I wish I could do the same but I could not afford the legal fees and damages it would include. Difference is he is paid millions to perform and also represent an organization that says they all about character, so these actions are magnified to the 100th degree, meaning if there is much truth to it, there is less of an incentive to see if he develops into a player.

joe white

June 15th, 2011
11:00 am

hope the young man get his act together off the feild, but on the feild this will not help make the team, better show something or you cut homie

TC

June 15th, 2011
11:12 am

Way to go Chris!! Don’t take that ish from yo baby mama!!! Bleach that ish dawg!!!

H9K

June 15th, 2011
11:28 am

Several things: (1) Ray Lewis must have been right; (2) I don’t believe Owens has actually been named as the suspect yet. However, we know how this will play out.

blord

June 15th, 2011
11:33 am

“shattered their baby’s crib” say it ain’t so Chris.

The Real Falcon

June 15th, 2011
11:37 am

How about not having a child until you’re married?

The Real Falcon

June 15th, 2011
11:38 am

RambleOn84-Crawl back under the rock, already.

War Eagle!

June 15th, 2011
12:50 pm

Once again, the suspect is a Black man, who has a baby out of wedlock. no wonder the most confusing day in Atlanta is Father’s Day. but of course, the NAACP and the hundreds of Black People Leaders condone this behavior as it is the Black Man’s way of life as prescribed by the African roots. And with the Millions they make, it turns them into “teflon men” and anything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault. Owner’s need to grow some grapefruits and stop paying these guys millions. Dissolve the league, start a new one with NO unions and have a code of conduct policy. How about one that says you must have a degree from college in order to play? How about one where the owners can choose whomever they want as coach and GM? How about a policy that makes ticket prices affordable to those making under $70K a yr? Just a thought.

D. Hall

June 15th, 2011
12:54 pm

To Birdman: I read “Goodbye C. Owens and probably B. Grimes, etc. What I don’t get is what does B. Grimes or Nnamdi Asomugha(spell the name correctly) have to do with the incident involving C. Owens which is about violence and not football. Let’s first talk about the facts and not assume, and I still believe the Coaches make the decisions. Let’s stick to the subject at hand Chris Owens and alleged domestic case.

robert

June 15th, 2011
1:17 pm

cut him if its true

Jimmy Crack

June 15th, 2011
1:26 pm

The police report is damning, no doubt. It could have been the result of a flash mob, but that’s about all I could conjur up in this open and shut case. Locking the door was a bad idea, Chris. It just narrowed the list of suspects to 2 (if you don’t count the baby).

O.J.

June 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

Chris, call me. I have a plan.

The Grinch

June 15th, 2011
2:38 pm

No doubt women can make you want to do this kind of thing, and there’s no telling what she might have put him through to cause it. But DANG, Chris, couldn’t you have at least TRIED to make it look like it might have been someone else? If you’re that dumb, you can’t complain about the repercussions.

nash

June 15th, 2011
3:07 pm

Football players do stupid things when there is no football to play. Ray Lewis told every one about the evil (crime) that would increase if there was no NFL. Anybody know what Franks is up to these days?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 15th, 2011
3:19 pm

Nash — Franks has been looking good at the 7 on 7 practices. His head was spinning last season.

O.J. – I thought you were in jail!

The Real Falcon — I’m with you! It’s hard raising kids, you know the right way.

blord — Yeah, that’s sad. And if I remember correctly, a good baby crib costs about $700 at least.

JB

June 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

I hope this is exaggerated. Owens seemed very nice signing after the 2010 falcons squad scrimmage last year.

Open Minded

June 15th, 2011
5:34 pm

Owens proves he is one brick shy of a full load…. with his play against GB… you’d think this guy would be a model citizen..instead he proves who and what he is all about.
The Falcons need to make an example out of this loser and fast!

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Chucktown38

June 15th, 2011
6:02 pm

Anyone can lose their temper. Its not like he hit someone or killed dogs.Let it go people!

Falconite

June 15th, 2011
6:19 pm

And we cut Chevis Jackson last year to keep this clown around? Everyone has bad games once n a while but the way he played against GB was inexcusable!

Stevie B

June 15th, 2011
7:15 pm

I hope the claim is exagerated but, come on Owens stay off the front pages, we got work to do! This is what happens when you let people get bored.

opie

June 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

D-Led, I believe ATL should purse Nnamdi whether Owens is on the team or not. Cornerback is the toughest position in the league and the great teams have at leat three starter quality corners. Nnamdi, Duanta and Grimes could rival Revis, Wilson, and Cromartie from ther Jets if he is re signed.

crabapplejoe

June 15th, 2011
7:27 pm

Well now Chis…..I think you’ve blown the whole Falcon Ring of Honor thing in your future…..then again I’m sure “management” will find a way to keep you in the game under the “Patriots South” paradigm…LOL.

RambleOn84

June 15th, 2011
9:21 pm

Y’all get over yourselves…yeah, it sounds awful. But he lost his temper, plain and simple. Now if he had a history of this type of thing, that would be different. But as far as we know, that’s not the case.

Give the guy a break for now. Let him sort out his personal life. I’m sure he feels much worse about it than any of us could possibly understand.

Stevie B

June 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

RambleOn84:
I agree. This “lady” could say anything she wants on TPO, but none of us know what really happened. I am disappointed in the fact that it was filed. I am sure “something” happened. But it is really none of our business and he does not need to be tried in the press. My guess is that the the statement made is over exagerated and slanted. I would put 100 to 1 odds that it will be dismissed. On the other hand, the Falcon’s team as a whole do a very a good job of staying out of the press in a negative light. We need to keep it that way. These guys are role models for our kids, no matter who they are. If I am the Falcon’s management, I would give him a repremand, ask (not demand) that he seeks anger management counseling, and tell him to stay off the front pages unless its because of his excellent game play or he is doing something positive for charity or the community.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 15th, 2011
9:43 pm

Opie – That’s not reasonable. They can’t go get another cornerback after they spent $57 million last year on Dunta. I don’t see that happening.

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Sid

June 16th, 2011
12:59 am

Everyone at Shawshank is innocent.

South ga boy in the atl

June 16th, 2011
2:23 am

DOL why is so unreasonable to think about getting Namdi. The jets have spent as much on their 3 corners. You keep talking about 57 mil, but in reality, around 30 mil has already been paid with his upfront bonus and 1st yr salary. And some of that salary may not be paid on the back end if he doesn’t perform and is cut with, say, a yr to go. The road to the super bowl must go thru A. Rogers or D. Brees or M. Vick and it will take top shelf corners to get there. Arthur has the money, and we have enough cap room for either a DE or CB if we re sign Grimes and 1 or 2 of our O-lineman. I would much rather have Namdi and our current DE’s with Grimes at Nickel than any of the FA DE’s and a very young Franks at nickel. Save some money by letting Blaylock and Dahl go, if necessary, and sign Namdi. We can kick Clabo in to RG and bring Johnson in at LG and Svitek or Reynolds at RT. WE MUST HAVE 3 VERY GOOD CB’s TO GO ALL THE WAY. OTHERWISE I’M AFRAID WE WILL REPEAT LAST YR’s ENDING. GO FALCONS

PMC

June 16th, 2011
9:55 am

Wonder if he gets traded to the Lions for a 6th or 7th now.

Perrier Jerry

June 16th, 2011
11:09 am

And the Flacons waisted a pick on a WR. Now they will need a DB to repalce this thug.

Way 2 go Dimeetrof

opie

June 16th, 2011
11:16 am

D-Led you make a valid point and you have the inside scoop but I am thinking outside of the norm. I would argue that Nnamdi coverage would be better money spent than aquiring Ray Edwards at DE.

Biermann was close last year on a lot of sacks. I think better coverage would allow more sacks. I don’t think Edwards or Charles Johnson are better than Kroy. They are the same type of players, in fact, I think Kroy will explode this year.

The Eagles invested a lot in Asante Samuels but it won’t stop them from pursuing Nnamdi. Dimitroff self proclaims himself as a forward thinking man this could be his second major move against traditional wisdom with a high risk gamble of Nnamdi. He reallys surprised everyone on draft day with the Jones deal. He moved away from his conservative New England approach.

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D. Hall

June 16th, 2011
1:31 pm

I wrote a response to Birdman yesterday regarding Goodbye to C.Owens and probably B. Grimes and hello to Nnamdi Asomugha (spelled correctly) I am asking what does Domestic Violence have to do with B. Grimes & N. Asomugha. My response was never even posted, why is that.

D. Hall

June 17th, 2011
9:17 am

What do you have to do to get your comments posted?